A Student of History

December 12, 2006

Is Stones River Battlefield important?

Filed under: Historic Places,Wars — John Maass @ 7:33 pm

Ok, this may not be the most burning question of the day, or ever, to some of you. However, I ran across a newspaper webpage that asks this question, since the paper is located in Murfreesborough, TN, where the Civil War battle took place. The page (here) begins:

Have you ever visited Stones River National Battlefield?  Or maybe it’s just on your to-do list? Perhaps you wonder why you should even bother?

Experts say the park is a major resource for Murfreesboro, the state of Tennessee and the nation.

“I believe that Murfreesboro and Rutherford County need to seriously consider the wonderful asset that is Stones River National Battlefield,” said David Brown, executive vice president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Brown, as chief operating officer of the National Trust, travels the nation as the organization strives to save historic places and revitalize communities with much less to offer than Murfreesboro.

The Battle of Stones River began on the last day of 1862 and was one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War.  It is a nice effort to promote tourism, etc., and worth a look.

Major General William S. Rosecrans

Gen. William Rosecrans, commander of the Union forces atthe battle.

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